First Friday art takes many forms

Painters, photographers and a potter highlight Oct. 3 openings

Posted: Thursday, October 02, 2008

The First Friday of the fall includes a number of receptions throughout downtown on Oct. 3. From photographers and painters to potters, October offers a heaping helping of the artistic talents of the capital city. Here's a look at what's going on.

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Courtesy Of Marilyn Holmes
Courtesy Of Marilyn Holmes

The Canvas Community Art Studio & Gallery:

Donna Jane Griffin will host an opening reception from 4:30 to 8 p.m. for her show "Evensong: The journey of a soul through loss and love."

For the past two years Griffin has been caring for her elderly grandmother in the artist's home. "Because my grandmother helped care for me as a child and the roles have reversed, I have become reflective about the transient nature of roles people have within families," Griffin said in an artist statement.

The exhibit also reflects on the evolution of "several sacred relationships" the artist has experienced, including the separation from her husband that she says catalyzed the reflections for the work.

The artist uses painting, drawing and sculpture as meditation tools and says her work often has a collage feel to it. She said she expresses irony in her art by incorporating bright colors and contradictory images into what is often darker subject material. The artist also integrates writing into or alongside her work.

Parts of the exhibit are interactive and people are encouraged to touch or hold the art if there is a sign near the piece indicating it is OK to do so.

The exhibit will run through the month of October. The gallery is open from noon to 8 p.m. on Mondays and from 9 a.m. to 8 p.m. Tuesday through Friday. The gallery is closed on weekends.

Juneau Artists Gallery:

Potter Colette Oliver is the featured artist at the Juneau Artists Gallery for October and will be at the South Franklin Street gallery from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday to discuss her work.

Oliver, who joined the gallery in September, said she believes art should be available to everyone for use in their daily lives. This belief and her passion for clay have led her to creating functional pottery.

Most of Oliver's creations are thrown on a potter's wheel, although some are built from slabs. After they dry for at least a week, she uses a bisque firing technique for more than 13 hours. Then she glazes and fires them again for about 14 hours, after which the kiln cools about 12 more hours before it can be unloaded. All of her glazes are made by hand from ground raw materials, metal oxides and stains, and are lead-free. Each unique finished piece is made of porcelain and is oven, microwave and dishwasher safe.

Oliver has worked with clay since the age of 16, when she dropped chemistry and the only other class available was ceramics.

Oliver moved to Juneau in 2005 from Nevada. Prior to her three years in the Nevada desert, she lived for 28 years in the hills of northern Kentucky. There she and a college classmate ran their own pottery shop, "Steinkrug Pottery," in a village called Mainstrasse for several years. She also has sold her pottery wholesale to the Kentucky State Parks and various shops and galleries in the Midwest. In 2000, her work was included in the book "A Pottery Tour of Kentucky."

Oliver's work can be viewed, along with the work of the other 25 member artists, at the gallery throughout the month of October.

Juneau Arts & Humanities Council Gallery:

Local artists Marilyn Holmes andTeri Tibbett will host a digital art photography exhibit side-by-side at the Juneau Arts & Culture Center during the month of October titled "Sketches in Light." A reception to meet the artists will be held from 4:30 to7 p.m. on Friday in the former armory.

The offerings in this show are scenes and impressions that have randomly grabbed the artists' attention and in turn were snatched with their cameras. The artists say digital photography has allowed them to create a more magical, spontaneous relationship to the creative capture of their individual visions.

Holmes is a career professional photographer who has worked in the fields of advertising, documentary, portraiture, food, architecture and fine art photography over several decades - both in Alaska and the lower 48. She has taught photography at all levels of academia from kindergarten through college and is a member of the Alaska Photographic Arts Association and the Juneau Arts & Humanities Council.

Tibbett is a photographer of natural, abstract and journalistic images. She captures what she sees appearing naturally in the environment to create visual compositions, often in the abstract. She also is a journalist and photographs people, places and art in nature. Her photographs have twice been shown with Alaska Positive, a juried exhibition of images by Alaska photographers, and have been published in Alaska Snowboarder's Journal, Alaskan Southeaster Magazine and the Juneau Empire.

A no-host bar will be provided by the Rendezvous during the reception in the main hall. Also, the United Way's "Community Kickoff" will be held from5 to 6 p.m. in the main hall. There will be snacks, door prizes and a silent auction with proceeds supporting the United Way.

Annie Kaill's:

Rob Roys will return as the guest artist for October at the downtown gallery with new paintings he has worked on over the summer. Roys, one of Juneau's well-known abstract artists, will host a reception from 4:30 to 7 p.m. on Friday.

Roys paintings are generally smaller in size, most commonly 11-by-14 inches. He said he believes everyone should be able to afford contemporary art.

"The important thing is that a person gets a piece of beauty of their own," he said in an artist statement. "Original art has an essence that cannot be duplicated. We all deserve to have that essence in our lives, not just the rich and well-off."

Roys has developed a loyal following in Juneau, with work that shows a unique style. He says his paintings can be both thought provoking and serene.

Back Room at the Silverbow Inn & Bakery:

Encaustic painting and embellished papermaking creations by REACH artists will be on display during October at the Back Room gallery.

Encaustic paintings are created from melted wax mixed with pigment that is applied with a variety of tools. Embellished papermaking creations are made using recycled paper that is worked into unique pieces of art by drawing on, poking holes through or otherwise shaping the paper.

Juneau-Douglas City Museum:

The "Bra-Dazzler" returns to the city museum this October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. An opening reception will be held from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.

The exhibit is co-sponsored by Team Survivor Perseverance and the city museum. It features artwork from five categories, including mixed media, painting and prints, photography, sculpture, and fitness-themed pieces.

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